Legal Documents for
Working With People
Hiring someone as an employee or independent contractor? Need to manage your people? This is where to start with contracts, stock option and equity award plans, employment policies, termination letters, and more.
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Employing quality people means you should have a quality contract. But where do you start? We’ll walk through all the pieces of an employment contract, like how your employee will be paid. For example, salary or hourly wage, bonuses, and commissions. We’ll also go over how much notice you’ll give if you decide to end their employment. We’ll look at some not so obvious things too, like whether your employee should be allowed to compete with you or approach your clients after they stop working for you and if you’ll have a fixed employment end date or not.
Independent Contractor Agreement
Sometimes it doesn’t make sense to hire a person as an employee just yet, but you still want to work with them. Maybe you’re not ready to hire employees for now or you might want them to keep the risk of what they do in their own business rather than taking that on yourself. Whatever the reason, you still want to work with them. If that’s the case, you can work with them as an Independent Contractor. We’ll walk you through what you need to put into your contract for their work.
Sales Representative Agreement
You have great things to sell and now you need great people to help you sell them. That’s what a Sales Representative Agreement helps you with. It’s a special kind of employment or independent contractor agreement. We’ll get you set up with commission payments, any geographic territory limits you want to include, inventory management, and the other key things you need to think about when hiring or contracting with someone to sell your products.
Stock Option / Equity Compensation Plan
Besides paying someone a salary or wage and other things, like bonuses or commission, there are some great ways you can pay people to keep them around for a long time. Stock options, restricted share units, and performance share units are some common ways to encourage senior employees and others to do their best work and stay with the company for the long haul. We put together the terms and conditions of these types of compensation into an Equity Compensation Plan. We’ll go through your choices and set up a tailored plan for your business.
Termination of Employment and Release of Claims
Things don’t always work out with someone. So if you need to let someone go without cause (e.g. laying off someone because business is slow or because they’re just not the right fit for your company), you’ll have to formally tell them. You should also try to get a release of claims, which means they are giving up any rights to sue you because of the termination.